No. 1 Men's Varsity Eight Upset By No. 3 Huskies

April 27, 2002

The No. 1 ranked Cal men's varsity was upset by the No. 3 University of Washington Huskies in a dual race on the Redwood Shores Lagoon, April 27. It was the Bears first loss since June 1998. Cal had been ranked No. 1 since April 1999.

'We are clearly dissapointed in the outcome of the varsity race,' said coach Steve Gladstone.' That being said, we know that there is a faster combination in this group of men and over the next several weeks we'll search to find that combination and go out and lay it out at the Pac-10s and nationals. There is no question this hurts, but its a step that we'll have to take along the way to winning the other races.'

In the varsity race, both Cal and Washington appeared to have solid performances in the light headwind conditions. The crews were separated by one seat through the 500 meter mark and the Huskies built upon their lead crossing the 1000 with .64 seconds of margin. Washington won the race in the third 500, covering that quarter of the race 1.61 seconds faster than the Bears-the same margin of victory the Huskies held over Cal at the finish line.

'Today we learned a lesson that's invaluable and you could say that it's the best thing that has happened to us since Cal started its undefeated streak in 1999,' said junior bowman Jeffrey Nalty. 'We learned that you can't get into a slug fest. You've got to have free speed. You have to row as hard as you can, but not slow down the boat at all between strokes. We had a good race. We didn't really do anything wrong. They were just faster on the day.'

The Cal JV eight exacted some revenge on the Huskies with an open water victory. The Bears led from wire to wire doing most of the damage over the middle 1000 meters of the race course. The Bears revenge was two fold. The win came shortly after the varsity's defeat, but also helped erase the memory of a sizeable lead over Washington that the JVs squandered at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 7. The victory earned stroke Rob Curran, Padraic Hussey, Zachary Johnson, and Brett Winfield their slots in the Big C Society.

The Cal freshman eight lost its dual with the Huskies while the Cal third-varsity eight defeated the Santa Clara varsity eight.

April 27, 2002
Washington Dual
2000m at Redwood Shores

Men's Varsity Eight
1. Washington 5:47.4
2. California 5:49.0

Men's JV Eight
1. Califoirnia 5:53.4
2. Washington 5:58.0

Men's Freshman Eight
1. Washington 5:57.9
2. California 6:12.1

Men's Varsity Eight
1. California (3V) 6:03.0
2. Santa Clara 6:22.2

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